Karavitakis winery was created from Manolis Karavitakis who until today is the owner. The company was founded in 1998 when just two labels were the company’s portfolio: Ampelonas White and Ampelonas Red. The winery started being built in 1999 in Pontikiana village located west from Chania city in Crete, and was completed the following year. Facilities at that point covered just the production purposes. In 2009 the winery is renovated, new machinery is incorporated and the surrounding area is developed so that visitors can be hosted.
The company has 30000 square meters of private vineyards close to the winery where most of the grapes needed are cultivated. Also many local vineyard owners have established a cooperation with the winery for selling their grapes to Karavitakis estate.
Within these years Karavitakis estate has created and continues to produce several high quality wines from native and international varieties with great success. Also a unique dessert wine from Romeiko variety was produced. This type of wine was never considered possible and gave a significant ”push” to our local variety which was neglected.
Today Karavitakis estate produces between 85000 and 95000 thousand bottles per year with the potential of 300000 bottles top, based on the existing infrastructure. These wines are mainly sold in Greece and also in other countries. The company plans to buy and plant 20000 square meters of vineyards and also fund the construction of new building facilities for production reasons.
The estate’s goal is to grow gradually the annual selling volumes in a way that quality is ensured and also expand it’s distribution in more countries.
Karavitakis family was always cultivating grapes and olive trees. Until now this was and still is the main family’s occupation. As a result wine, raisins and oil was produced in their private owned land. Vineyards and olive groves which belong to Karavitakis family are located in Pontikiana village in Kolymvari area of Chania in Crete.
In this area Romeiko grape variety existed as monoculture. These grapes produced a high volume oxidized reddish wine also known with the nickname ”marouvas” . In 1985 a famous disease of vineyards called phylloxera destroyed all the grape properties which were planted in the area. After that, almost every vineyard owner planted olive trees as a safer choice for the future. Karavitakis family remained loyal to its heritage and replanted the vineyards. Vinification takes place at that time in the old winery which covers the standards of ”house wine” production.
Today’s estate owner Manolis Karavitakis having influences from his studies in Italy, reorganizes the family’s vineyards and plants new varieties in 30000 square meters of private owned vineyards. In 1999 he begins to build the new winery. New machinery and technology is incorporated in this winery. Also exclusive cooperation with vineyard owners of the area is established.
Within these years many well known labels have been produced and Karavitakis winery is among the most well known wineries in Crete.
Karavitakis winery was founded by Manolis Karavitakis. Under the influence of the family’s wine tradition in wine making for three generations long and his experiences with the traditional winery he decided to study as a chemist – oenologist in university of Athens. Part of his studies were completed in Italy, a place with wine passion. Right after his graduation he became the manager of the agricultural co-operative of Kissamos in Chania.
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